CHRISTMAS WEEK SERVICE SCHEDULE
Weekend of Advent IV: Saturday, December 22 at 4 pm, and both services on
Sunday, December 23 at 8 am & 10 am will be held in the PARISH HALL.
Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24 – 4:30 pm, Christmas Pageant & Eucharist
and 10 pm, Christmas Choral Eucharist
Christmas Day: Tuesday, December 25, 10 am, Eucharist with Carols
CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES are in the pews. Please print clearly the names of those you wish to have remembered, and also your Pledge number. Enclose your donation, made payable to The Church of the Holy Spirit. Place in the offering plate or drop off at the office.
Deadline: Thursday, December 13. Thank you.
Church School News: Saturday, December 8: PAGEANT REHEARSAL at 5 pm in the Church and PIZZA & GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall.
Sunday, December 9: SALE OF GINGERBREAD HOUSES in the Parish Hall during Coffee Hour.
Sunday, December 9: ADULT EDUCATION – in the Fireplace Room, 9 am. We continue working our way through Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. This is a lively, interactive Bible study, led by Adam+. No homework required! Just come, in spirit, mind, and heart.
Sunday, December 9: The Book Discussion Group – We will be reading Fleming Rutledge’s sermon, “The Axe at the Root of the Trees” for Advent 2, this Sunday in the Fireplace Room after the 10 am service. Brian and Brooke Skea
Advent Labyrinth Walks – Fridays December 14, and 21 at 10 am in the Parish Hall.
Advent is a time during which we look for the Coming of Christ as a small child in Bethlehem; we look for Christ to come again, and we look for Christ who lives in our hearts. Give yourself time to reflect and walk with us as we journey through Advent to Christmas and beyond.
Saturday, December 15: “Advent Quiet Day- Praying our way to Bethlehem” – Saturday December 15 at 9 am in the Parish Hall. We will explore our own journeys as an outward journey and an inner journey to God at our center. We will use various ways to pray: Journaling, Poetry, Guided Meditation, and Contemplative Prayer. We will end the day with a Eucharist. Please bring your own brown bag lunch. Beverages and morning snacks will be provided. Please contact the church office if you plan to attend. Questions? Contact Gail Smith at 508-360-0207.
Sunday, December 16: SHEPHERD GROUPS – The Eastham/Wellfleet Shepherd Group will meet on Sunday, December 16th for their annual potluck supper and Yankee Swap at the home of Fay and Ike Cole, 180 Hay Road, Eastham. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Orleans, Brewster/Dennis Shepherd Groups will NOT be meeting in December…. See you in the New Year!
THE GIVING TREE: Many thanks to all who took a “dove” and have returned it with gifts to The Giving Tree. The cards and notes you see on the tree now are thank you notes from families who have received your gifts in the past. Read them and you will see that your gifts are much appreciated. Thank you for making Christmas morning special for families in need.
CHS FEATURED ARTIST – A CHS Christmas Tradition display of Christmas Creches from around the world. The appliquéd hangings by Gail Smith+ depicting the nativity story will be featured, complemented by crèches on loan from the parishioners of The Church of the Holy Spirit. Please contact Cynthia Murray at 508-896-5634 or email@example.com if you have a crèche or other Advent or Christmas decorative items you are willing to share.
FREE SHOP: Your Winter clothing donations will be most welcomed. No more summer clothes, please! We are open Monday: 12 Noon to 3 pm and Wednesday: 10 am to 1 pm. Donations can be dropped off during shop hours or placed in the box outside the shop door any time the parish hall is open. Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton – firstname.lastname@example.org – 508 255 7277.
GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP: Have you checked out the Galley West shop recently? It’s a one of a kind shop with many wonderful items for sale. The shop is open to the public on Sundays from 11:15 am to 12 Noon and on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm, except on Holidays. Please stop by, browse, and shop for yourself, family, and friends. Thank you, Susan Owens
HEALTH MINISTRIES COMMITTEE: The Health topic for December is Colon Cancer. Did you know that Colon Cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S.? Do you know how to get tested? Do you know the risk factors and what you may be able to do to lower your risk? Find the answers at the health table after services on Sundays or on the desk in the Reception area. Ann Pike-Paris, Chair
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – KNITTERS NEEDED – Our pastoral visitors take the shawls to homes, nursing homes and hospitals after they have been blessed at one of our Eucharistic services. We also knit baby blankets for newborns. There is no right or wrong way to create these shawls of love and care but we do request that they be approximately 24” by 60” in size (though baby blankets are much smaller!) If you can help, please call Sandy Marshall at 508-255-9971 or email@example.com.
IF YOU UNLOCK IT – YOU MUST LOCK IT! It has come to our attention that very often doors around the campus have been left unlocked during times when we are closed. LOCK ALL DOORS WHEN YOU LEAVE ANY AREA THAT YOU ARE USING AFTER HOURS!
CONSTANT CONTACT: Here at the Church of the Holy Spirit we occasionally send out a Constant Contact email blast. What is a Constant Contact email blast? Simply put, it is an email that goes out to hundreds of parishioners at the exact same time. To keep everyone informed, we need to always have your current email address on file. So, if you change your email address, please let the office know! Our contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-255-0433.